Bald Knob NWR 8/7/2010

I visited BKNWR Saturday morning. I stuck the to central area, around the grain bins, there were at least three areas to the north, northwest, and west of the bins that were busy with shorebirds and/or almost all of the heron/egrets species to be found in Arkansas.  Almost right off the bat, I saw two of the Buff-breasted Sandpiper that were reported here earlier in the week.  I saw Great Blue Heron, Little Blue Heron, Cattle Egret, Great Egret, Snowy Egret, Yellow-crowned Night-Heron, and Black-crowned Night-Heron, leaving only Green Heron and Tricolored Heron lacking in that department.  For shorebirds, there were Semipalmated Plover, Black-necked Stilt, Greater Yellowlegs, Ruddy Turnstone, Semipalmated Sandpiper, Least Sandpiper, Pectoral Sandpiper, Short-billed Dowitcher, Long-billed Dowitcher,  the aforementioned Buff-breasted Sandpiper, and of course Killdeer. The Snow Goose and Northern Pintail that have been seen there recently were still hanging around.   I also saw one Mink and one Cottonmouth Water Moccasin who may have been getting ready to shed his skin.  I drove up on him as he lay in the dirt road circling the Wood Stork patch. He wasn’t moving as I got out and seemed oblivious to me. I took several pictures before he tried to leave and then seemed to struggle with the tall grass once he got there.  I think the pictures show that the transparent scale over his eyes were occluded, shedding would explain that.

Below are some images from the day.

Cattle Egret Bald Knob NWR August 2010 15904.jpgCattle Egret Bald Knob NWR August 2010 15902.jpgGreater Yellowlegs Bald Knob NWR August 2010 15955.jpgPectoral Sandpiper- Bald Knob NWR August 2010 15938.jpgPipevine Swallowtail Bald Knob NWR August 2010 15990.jpgCottonmouth Water Moccasin Bald Knob NWR August 2010 16012.jpg

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